Deanna Seitz. Photo by P. Vankevich
Deanna Seitz. Photo by P. Vankevich

By Peter Vankevich

Ocracoke school student Deanna Seitz will attend the Governor’s School of North  Carolina at Salem College along with 600 high school juniors from around the state.

This program, began in 1963 by Gov. Terry Sanford, is the oldest summer residential program for academically for intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. Students do not receive grades or course credit, and acceptance is highly competitive.

Seitz will mainly study English and will explore philosophy. Mary McKnight, Ocracoke School guidance counselor, was thrilled about Deanna’s acceptance.

“Deana is intellectually and academically gifted, but she also has a creative side that I’m excited for her to explore,” McKnight said.

Seitz is the only student from Hyde County who will attend. Other students from Ocracoke School who have attended are Joseph Chestnut, Madeline Schramel Hanbury, Nathan Schramel, Andrew Tillett and Samantha Vander Myde.

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